LOS ANGELES, Nov 2 — Multi-award winning series 24 is looking to return to former glories by adopting an anthology series format and leading its revival with a female lawyer fighting to rescue the death row inmate she successfully prosecuted.
Long based within a crack Counter Terrorist Unit and, during its heyday, revolving around the exploits of team leader Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), 24 is looking to apply its countdown clock to other areas.
Specifically, high-tension legal drama could be on the cards for the franchise, according to a report from Deadline.
“The potential new 24 series centres on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent” reads the report.
Abrupt as it may be, such a shift in setting gels with Fox executives’ aspirations for the show’s future, as expressed during an August presentation of the event.
“It will have the same urgency but may not be set in the CTU, it will have the same style and urgency but in a different venue,” the Television Critics Association was told in August.
Led by Sutherland through eight seasons, a 2008 TV movie interquel and a one-off single season return in 2014, 24 most recently experimented with a refreshed cast of lead characters in “24: Legacy” but the spin-off treatment was shelved after its initial 12 episode run came to an end.
With the continued success of the anthology format as implemented in Fargo, Black Mirror, True Detective, as well as American Crime Story and American Horror Story on Fox’s sibling network FX, perhaps it’s little wonder that 24 is looking to adopt the same approach — even if its immediate subject matter does seem to be a world away from the action of an anti-terrorist unit. — AFP-Relaxnews